5 Things to Do Before Making a Property Offer

You’ve made your search brief, found several appealing properties, and shortlisted your favourites – now it’s time to do some due diligence.

Compare the market
Identifying the true value of a property requires some homework. Do an analysis of recent sales and attend open houses to compare property features and asking prices. If the asking price is reasonable or if you feel that there is room for negotiation, proceed to the next step.

Check the title
Different types of titles exist for different property types, and each come with their own legalities. When deciding what title is best for you, it’s important to factor in all the pros and cons, as well as your intentions for the property. If the title type suits your needs, proceed to the next step.

Review the paperwork
When a property is prepared for sale, a vendor will have a contract note or contract of sale written up detailing the property’s information – including zoning certificate, drainage diagram, a plan for the land, and a Certificate of Title – as well as the exchange, settlement and land transfer specifications. This information has legal implications and can be very complex to the untrained eye. If the paperwork is fair and in order, proceed to the next step.

Engage a conveyancer
Once you’ve made your shortlist, it’s crucial to check over the finer details of each shortlisted property with a conveyancing expert. A solicitor or conveyancer will read the fine print of the paperwork and take care of the legalities. The conveyancing process is necessary to raise any red flags and pave a smooth road to settlement. You can engage a conveyancer at any time of the shortlist process to work with you to handle the steps outlined in this checklist.

Organise inspections
Often seen as a final hurdle, the inspection process is an essential part of the legal checklist for buying property. Pest and building inspections are crucial in the purchasing process. Investing in inspections before settlement can save you a lot of money in the long run. If the inspections all check out, it’s time to make a decision and an offer.


Belle Property can assist with finding your ideal property and making an appropriate offer – speak to your local agent Carolyn Wheatley today on 0407 120 483.

Belle PropertyYou’ve made your search brief, found several appealing properties, and shortlisted your favourites – now it’s time to do some due diligence.

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